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Drought-Related Water Cutbacks Should Have Limited Effect on Businesses

The study found on average, non-agricultural businesses annually use 54,000 gallons of water per employee for outdoor landscaping, health and hygienic uses.

Samantha Tatro, NBC7 SAN DIEGO

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Agriculture, breweries, dry cleaners, food manufacturers and construction firms could suffer in the face of water cutbacks, A National University System Institute of Policy Research (NUSIPR) study found, as those industries tend to use more water, though cutbacks will likely only have a limited impact on the city businesses otherwise.

“Restrictions are likely to be felt among a handful of industries, which use water in core processes,” W. Erik Bruvold, President of NUSIPR, said in a statement. “First among these will be agriculture, but we could see negative impacts on a half dozen other industries based upon this data."